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Can you help the Poppy Appeal?

Remembrance Sunday in Pontefract.
The parade makes its way to Cornmarket.
picture mike cowling nov 10 2013

Remembrance Sunday in Pontefract. The parade makes its way to Cornmarket. picture mike cowling nov 10 2013

Volunteers are needed to help run Ackworth and Pontefract Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

Last year the appeal – which raised more than £25,000 – was organised by husband and wife volunteers Andy and Sandra Page, but they have now retired.

Mia Senior, Royal British Legion community fundraiser for West Yorkshire, said: “Our volunteers did outstanding job in raising such a fantastic amount last year.

“I’ve spoken to some potential volunteers for the branch but we would always welcome more.”

Brian Berry, branch secretary, said: “Andy and Sandra have really built up the money raised from the appeal over the years and the total has increased every year.

“Without a doubt, they are going to be a very hard act to follow.

“The poppy appeal is one of the most important things we do.

“A third of all the funding the Legion gets comes from the appeal, so it’s absolutely vital.”

The Royal British Legion launched the Poppy Appeal in 1945 after the Second World War.

It is the organisation’s flagship fundraising initiative and runs for two weeks before Remembrance Sunday.

The Ackworth and Pontefract branch is also looking for new members.

For more information or to volunteer with the Poppy Appeal, call Mia Senior on 07769 877443 or visit the British Legion website www.britishlegion.org.uk

 

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